Fit Tip Friday – Change Your Mindset

I am so often asked how I stay motivated and consistently show up.

And honestly, some days, I have NO IDEA how I do that, I just do. Those days are rare, but they happen.

Other days, it helps immensely that I have a friend/success partner/workout accountabilibuddy that’s on the same page as me, and pushes me to show up, and reminds me why we do it, and on days we can, joins me virtually to crush it together.

And some days, it’s the amazing group Sara and I run, full of amazing ladies who are also working on their best self, who are also showing up consistently, who also motivate, inspire, encourage and empower me.

But also, something that worked for me was changing my mindset from feeling like I ‘have to’ (as if wellness is a chore or something 🤦‍♀️) to feeling blessed to be ‘able to’.

I have PUSHED my body, and she is CAPABLE… and that is a GIFT, one I try not to take for granted.

And those rare moments where my mindset shifts from “get to” to “have to” I remind myself that there are people who are unable – perhaps due to disease, perhaps due to injury, perhaps due to another circumstance. And so it makes it easier to realize I am blessed to be able, and that becomes fuel to JUST DO IT.

When you change the way you see things, magic happens! đź’•

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Fit Tip Friday – There is Power in the Pause

There is POWER in the pause.

Pause. Rest. Whatever you need… for as long as you may need.

There is nothing shameful about it and it doesn’t make you any less than.

But don’t you quit.

I respect and am inspired by those who honor themselves and their needs by pausing, not quitting.

Pride and ego have no place in health and wellness, if you ask me.

You loved and honored yourself enough to SHOW UP, why wouldn’t you love and honor yourself enough to do what you need to do to FINISH what you started?

Fit Tip Friday – Mind your muscle!

Ladies (and gentlemen!) – I know it’s easy to zone out, getting your workout done to the intense beats of your music, or the latest episode of Stranger Things {{or insert whatever show you watch, here!), but mindless exercise makes your hard work more forgettable —and you won’t see your best results, either.

There is a tremendous difference between going through the motions of a particular move and truly thinking, feeling, and engaging the targeted muscles.

Don’t cheat yourself out of that feeling – pay attention and ENJOY getting STRONGER with each rep!

 

Friday Fit Tip – DO what you DON’T like

How many of us avoid doing something because we aren’t very good at it, and I mean, who wants to feel weak?

But how else is one to get better? To improve? By DOING it.

What is something you have noticed yourself avoiding? For me, it is side planks with leg lifts. I am awful at it, so I usually just default to a side plank. I am going to consciously work on DOING it, and getting BETTER at it, instead of avoiding it and excusing myself, saying “a side plank is good enough”

Here is to doing the things we are not good at so we can become better at them! Who’s with me? What will you challenge yourself to do?

Friday Fit Tip – Do What You ENJOY

I get it — not everyone enjoys working out. And I think that’s mostly because people aren’t doing what brings them JOY, what lifts their MOOD, what they have FUN doing. Like for me, I don’t enjoy cardio, so unless my specific program calls for it, I don’t do much of it, haha.

A big misconception about getting into shape is that looking better on the outside is the best part, but it’s not! Of course getting fit and being healthy are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape.

Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood. Endorphins are awesome!

Bottom line is, you can do whatever fitness activity brings you joy – the more you enjoy it, the more apt you are to stick with it and give it your all. You are not chained to something you don’t enjoy, and the whole point of exercising is to feel GOOD, not to feel DREAD!

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Friday Fit Tip – Stop Beating Yourself Up

Happy Friday! Are you guilty of this? I used to be, but I worked really hard to correct that behavior, because honestly it serves NO purpose! My workouts are NEVER perfect, and I almost ALWAYS have to modify at least ONE move. THAT’S OKAY! What matters is I showed up. It doesn’t matter what I didn’t do, or what I modified.

If you find yourself speaking negatively about yourself or your efforts, rectify it by immediately talking positively about yourself. For example, instead of “how could you not do all of the pushups on your toes?! FAILURE!”, say “Wow, you did all of the pushups – modified only means you will get stronger and someday you will be doing those babies on your toes!”

You get the point. Tolerate absolutely NO negative self banter!

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Friday Fit Tip – Be Hard on your Body, Be Easier on your Self Image

(By hard, I mean push your body, but don’t abuse it — just wanted to clarify!)

Today’s Fit Tip is inspired by many of the resolution’ers as they embark upon a new journey (welcome aboard!). The balance lies in working hard, but being gentle on your self image, and thus, your self esteem.

Our bodies are incredibly capable of handling more than we typically ask of them. On the other hand, most of us are super harsh on ourselves, and our self image could use a little TLC/pampering.

Recognize that you are doing your best (because you are, right!?) and BE GENTLE.

A mind that’s been beaten down isn’t going to do anything for your wellness.

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Friday Fit Tips – Mindset

I speak as a reformed all-or-nothing creature. Growing up, and in my teens and twenties, I was very much so an all-or-nothing kind of person, and if I knew then what I knew now…

No regrets, of course, but man I do wish I would have kicked that mindset to the curb much sooner. It benefits nobody, its defeatist from jump, and who honestly wants to combat that kinda stranglehold?

There’s always a chance of failure so why start and risk it? WRONG. Its because there is the chance of failure that you SHOULD risk it! Failure builds character – it helps get us closer to our goals, and is a vital ingredient in the recipe for success.

Something – however perfectly or imperfectly – is A L W A Y S better than nothing. Always. However small the effort may seem, it’s still meaningful!

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